Traumatic Brain Injury Facts
Recent coverage of NFL concussion lawsuits have sparked an increase in media coverage about traumatic brain injuries. If it weren’t for the risk of head trauma in America’s favorite past time, however, traumatic brain injury would probably continue its role as one of the most under estimated medical problems in our country.
Many people don’t realize how common and devastating brain injury is in this country. In fact, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44.
Cost of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Lifetime costs to treat a person with a traumatic brain injury are estimated to be between $600,000 to $1.8 million.
- Indirect annual costs of brain injuries in the United States have been calculated at over $33 billion
- The total annual cost for TBI-related injuries in the U.S. is $60 billion
- Despite these high figures, the Federal government spends less than $3 per brain-injured person on TBI research and services per year
Leading Causes for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Brain injuries often result from accidents that involve some sort of trauma to the head; however, other causes, such as insufficient oxygen, poisoning or infection, may also lead to a traumatic brain injury.
- Falls account for 28% of brain injuries in the United States
- Auto Accidents account for 20% of brain injuries in the United States
- Being struck by or against an object (head injury) accounts for 19% of brain injuries in the United States
- Physical assaults (head injury) account for 11% of brain injuries in the United States
- Other causes account for 13% of brain injuries in the United States
- Unknown causes account for 9% of brain injuries in the United States
Many people who have suffered a brain injury will be left with long term effects to their cognition and personality. Every year in the United States, more than 80,000 individuals are left with life-long disabilities from a traumatic brain injury. Today, over 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability. Learn more facts about Traumatic Brain Injury to legally protect yourself.
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